Many people turn to organic gardening because they are worried about the long-term toxic effects of the many commercial fertilizers and pesticides, on both their health and the environment. Another benefit of organic gardening is that it is relatively inexpensive. Here are some fundamental tips to get you well on your way to being a successful organic gardener.
Use both biennials and annuals to add color to your flower bed. Using a variety of flowers allows your flower garden to have a different look each season. They are very useful for filling in the gaps between perennials and shrubs in a sunny area. Some of these that you might consider are petunias, marigolds and sunflowers. If those are not flowers you like, you can also try cosmos, holyhocks or rudbeckias.
Plant vines like ivy to cover fences and dividing walls. Climbing plants are known to be very versatile, and can help hide any ugly wall or fence, and this often only takes one growing season. They also have been known to grow through existing trees or shrubs, or can be easily taught to cover any size arbor. Some require ties attaching them to supports, but others will attach themselves to any surface nearby. You can be sure that varieties such as climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, clematis and honeysuckle will grow very well.
When winter comes around, save some plants by putting them in the house. It’s a good idea to save any expensive plants or those that will thrive in indoor heat. Carefully dig near the roots and transfer those plants into a flower pot.
Before you even start planting the garden, check the soil. There are soil testing services that can analyze a garden’s soil content for a small charge. With those results, it’s then possible to refine and supplement the soil to make it as fertile as possible. It can avoid ruined vegetables and flowers, so check with places, such as a cooperative extension department to see where you can obtain the analysis.
Make sure you protect any tender deciduous shrubs. If you have them in pots, you need to guard them from cold weather that will damage or kill them. Tie together the tops, and then use a sheet or blanket to cover the wigwam loosely. This method is preferred to wrapping a plant in plastic, since it promotes circulation and prevents rotting.
Use the advice here to start your own organic garden. It is an interesting hobby and one that can improve your health. Your foods will taste better and not contain the heavy chemicals of store bought produce. When your garden is working with nature, you can also expect to see an increase in the amount of wildlife that inhabits your garden.